A Level Business Studies
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AQA GCE Business Studies (1131)
¦Develop a wide range of important problem-solving and decision-making business skills
¦Explore many of the legal and financial aspects of starting and developing a business
¦Understanding of the internal business structures of various organisational types and the ability to co-ordinate efficient functioning in the contemporary and modern business world.
¦Knowledge of the external business environment and the various economic factors that can underly the functioning of businesses.
¦The various prominent forces that can affect the business performance and enact changes and how to deal with these elements of change when they do arise.
¦Importance of stakeholders in the business including customers, creditors, shareholders, employees and how they can affect the course of direction of the business.
¦Acquiring and developing core transferable skills in business.
¦Development of responsible business management capabilities including planning, organising and problem-solving.
Unit 1 Business Planning and Financing
Topic 1: Business Start-up Guide
Topic 2: How to Finance Small Businesses
Unit 2 Concepts of Business Management
Topic 1: Financial management, measures and performance techniques.
Topic 2: Importance of Human Resources and how it affects the Business
Topic 3: How to Achieve Efficient Operations Management
Topic 4: How Marketing A Business Affects its Competitiveness in a dynamic business world.
The AS assessment consists of two examinations as follows:
AS Unit 1 (BUSS1): Planning and Financing a Business
1 hr 15 minutes examination. Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study for 60 marks, 40% of AS total marks. 20% of A Level total marks
AS Unit 2 (BUSS2): Managing a Business
1 hr 30 minutes examination. Compulsory, multi-part data response questions for 80 marks, 60% of AS total marks. 30% of A Level total marks
Content of the course
Unit 3 Strategies for success
Topic 1: Functional Objectives and Strategies.
Topic 2: Financial Strategies and Accounts of larger businesses
Topic 3: Development of Marketing Strategies for larger businesses.
Topic 4: Operational Strategies for Success in the particular market for the business.
Topic 5: Human Resource Strategies for Effective People Management
Unit 4 The Business Environment and Managing Change
Topic 1: Corporate Aims and Objectives and how it determines strategy formation.
Topic 2: Assessing changes to the Business Environment and identifying Business opportunities and threats.
Topic 3: Change Management
The A2 assessment consists of two examinations as follows:
A2 Unit 3 (BUSS3): Strategies for success
1 hr 45 minutes examination. This is based on questions which would require extended answers from an unseen case study that draws upon knowledge gained from AS units. 80 marks. 50 per cent of A2 total marks. 25% of A Level.
AS Unit 4 (BUSS4): The business environment and managing change
1 hr 45 minutes examination. This is based on pre-released research tasks that lead to the first section of a two section examination. The second section will consist of a choice of essays. All questions will be essay style and synoptic therefore drawing on knowledge from all four units. 80 marks, 50 per cent of A2 total marks. 25% of A Level.
Please check your specification as details may be subject to change by the awarding body.
To complete a full A level it will take in the region of 200 study hours.
To take an A Level you should have a GCSE grade C or above, or the equivalent and preferably in your chosen subject.
You will have access to tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course to ensure you are ready for your examinations.
The examination board can provide you with a list of examination centres but it is entirely your responsibility to find a centre which will accept you as an external candidate.
AQA Business Studies for AS by Marcouse, I, Gillespie, A, Surridge, M, Brewer, M, Watson, N, Birchall, N and Hammond, A, Hodder Education, 2008 (ISBN 9780340958643)
AQA Business Studies for A2 by Marcouse, I et al, Hodder Education, ISBN 9780340973578 (to be published April 2009)
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